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Noy, Itay (2023) 'Unpicking Precarity: Informal Work in Eastern India's Coal Mining Tracts.' Development and Change, 54 (1). pp. 168-191.

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Abstract

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, this article explores two widespread types of informal and precarious work in eastern India's coal mining tracts. It seeks to contribute to recent attempts to disaggregate the umbrella notion of precarity and the related concept of ‘classes of labour’ in the context of the global South. It does so by illuminating the more nuanced yet significant relative distinctions between different forms of precarious coal‐related work as perceived and experienced by labourers. The article illustrates how labourers evaluate such forms of work in relation to one another in terms of relative stability, autonomy, tempo and gender dynamics, which affect their livelihood decisions and activities. It thereby turns attention to differentiating dimensions of precarious work that are easily veiled in broad debates about precarity and ‘classes of labour’. Such dimensions are essential to probe — through comparative ethnographic study — to understand how people engage with different modalities of precarious work on the ground and how they configure their livelihood strategies in particular capitalist and social contexts.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISSN: 0012155X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1111/dech.12739
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 11:02
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/38257

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